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2012It’s finally 2013 and it’s time to head back to work for most of us. As we have been taught most of our lives it’s time to begin looking forward, start acting on those resolutions and getting organized.  And even though the new year brings on a breath of fresh air, there isn’t any harm in remembering 2012 while we plan 2013.

From the London Olympics to the reelection of Obama, 2012 was a year full of interesting and intriguing events. In 2012 we witnessed people coming together after natural disasters, the remembrance of pop icons, and people turning tragedy into motivational tools and moments of tribute.  

Also in 2012 we saw technological advancements, new apps breaking molds, and entertainment in Detroit taking on a life of its own. The Detroit Free Press has worked to put together a list of, what readers ranked their top 10 entertainment stories around the “D”.

Film Festival

Movies: Detroit stars at Traverse City film fest

    The Traverse City Film Festival was clad with ties of Detroit themes. From the celebrities who attended the event, Susan Sarandon, Huntington Woods native Kristen Bell and Milford’s own Dax Shepard, to the wave in interest in such Detroit films, as “Burn” and “Detroitopia” the feeling of Detroit Pride was a notable staple of the weekend.

 

Cultural institutions, classical music, visual arts, jazz: Tri-county voters approve millage to keep DIA afloat

  • The museum’s successful tax initiative, $20 a year on a home worth $200,000, will help funnel around $23 million to the DIA over the next 10 years.

Entertainment: Patti Smith revs up the D in images and song

  • The June presentation of Patti Smith’s “Camera Solo” photography show at the Detroit Institute of Arts opened eyes. The feature offered 70 or so black and white photos, some from her personal collection, which inspired her artistically. The concert, which was performed at the Detroit Film Theater for 1,000 plus people, included Smith and local players, even her children.

Top iTune Songs: iTunes top-selling songs

1. “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen

2. “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye

3. “We Are Young,” Fun. feat. Janelle Monáe

4. “Payphone,” Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa

5. “Starships,” Nicki Minaj

6. “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction

7. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Kelly Clarkson

8. “Some Nights,” Fun.

9. “Whistle,” Flo Rida

10. “Wild Ones,” Flo Rida feat. Sia

Movies: Movie box office rank

1. “Marvel’s The Avengers,” $623 million

2. “The Dark Knight Rises,” $448 million

3. “The Hunger Games,” $408 million

4. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” $282 million

5. “Skyfall,” $280 million

6. “The Amazing Spider-Man,” $262 million

7. “Brave,” $237 million

8. “Ted,” $219 million

9. “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” $216 million

10. “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” $214 million

YouTube: Most-viewed YouTube videos

1. Psy, “Gangam Style”

2. Walk Off the Earth, “Somebody That I Used to Know”

3. “Kony 2012″

4. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”

5. “Epic Rap B: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney”

6. “A Dramatic Surprise on A Quiet Square”

7. #FCHW, “Why You Asking All Them Questions?”

8. Lindsey Stirling, “Dubstep Violin Original”

9. “Facebook Parenting: For the Troubled Teen”

10. “Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 128k — Mission Highlights”

Apps: Top free, paid iPhone apps

1. YouTube

2. Instagram

3. Draw Something Free

4. Flashlight

5. Facebook

6. Pandora Radio

7. Temple Run

8. Pinterest

9. Twitter

10. Skype

Source:  The Detroit Free Press

Megan Bildner

Megan is currently the Jr. Editor of the Daily Deal Media and Digital MI sites with Mogul Media. Here, she is responsible for the site's content and publication. Along with these tasks, Megan also engages with the DDM & DMI audience through social pages/groups/tweets. When she is not working on the DDM & DMI sites Megan enjoys tweeting, traveling, snowboarding, hiking, and socializing with her friends. She grew up in Michigan's Clarkston and Lake Orion and loves being on the lake, boating, and wake-boarding. You can follow her @MeganBildner or e-mail her at megan@mogulmedia.com
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